RAMSI is staying in Solomon Islands until June 2017

Pacific Islands News Association:

Monday, 18 April 2016

The RAMSI Special Coordinator, Quinton Devlin, has clarified that the Regional Assistance Mission to Solomon Islands (RAMSI) was not scheduled to leave until June 2017, in accordance with the Drawdown Strategy agreed in 2013 by the Solomon Islands and RAMSI.

“Participants at the Pacific Islands Forum (PIF) Enhanced Consultative Mechanism (ECM) on RAMSI meeting in Honiara last week recommended that Forum Leaders and Foreign Ministers acknowledge the significant progress made by Solomon Islands would enable the scheduled conclusion of RAMSI in June 2017”, he said.

Devlin explained that the Pacific Island Forum Leaders are scheduled to meet in September this year in Federated States of Micronesia.

“This will be the last opportunity for regional leaders to consider the progress achieved by Solomon Islands and RAMSI before the 15-country intervention force departs and regional assistance shifts to bilateral support in mid-2017,” he said.

He added: “In this context, the ECM meeting participants anticipated that PIF Leaders may wish to note formally in September the planned decommissioning of RAMSI in June next year”.

The ECM officials also invited Forum Leaders and Ministers to acknowledge that the regional character of RAMSI had been critical to its success and achievements.

The ECM is an annual meeting that monitors the performance of RAMSI. It involved representatives from four Pacific Islands Forum countries, Solomon Islands and RAMSI, and was organised by the Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat.

At the meeting, SIG and RAMSI officials shared their priorities and plans with the PIF nation representatives, including on preparations for RAMSI’s ongoing drawdown and the staged limited rearmament of the Royal Solomon Islands Police Force (RSIPF).

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